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Tory Burch

American fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Tory Burch was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to Reva and Ira Earl “Bud” Robinson on June 17, 1966. Burch’s father — heir to both a paper cup company and a seat on the New York Stock Exchange — and her mother — an an actress with a string of celebrity lovers including Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen — raised Burch, along with her three brothers, in an historic Georgian farmhouse enrolling her in the prestigious Agnes Irwin School in nearby Rosemont. Burch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and soon after relocated to New York City to begin her fashion career, taking a position as assistant to Yugoslavian designer Zoran. After stints with Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, and Loewe, Burch established her own label in 2004. Over the course of just a decade, the company has managed to open more than 120 Tory Burch boutiques around the world, including flagship stores Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, London, and Rome. Additionally, the Tory Burch clothing line is carried by hundreds of department stores around the globe, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Burch, now worth approximately $1 billion, has made headlines most recently for her breakup with music executive Lyor Cohen, as well as ongoing legal battles with Lin & J, one of several companies accused of counterfeiting Tory Burch designs.

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